Originally Posted By: Blaine Wiley
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Welcome to the forum and to the business. You will find a wide variety of inspectors here who use many different types of equipment.
I have been doing this for about 8 years. I use the standard tools, electric tester, water pressure tester, flashlight, HVAC thermometer, screwdriver, nut driver set, ladder, etc.
I also carry a Fluke amp clamp to check the current draw on electric strip heaters in furnaces, what with the amount of them here in FL. I have also added a digital camera to put photos in my reports.
Personally, I don't carry specialty tools like a moisture meter, or a gas sniffer, etc. I have seen two, and heard of several (heard of is of course scuttlebutt) inspectors who lost law suits because this equipment took them past a visual inspection, and caused a more technically exhaustive inspection. I don't necessarily agree or disagree with that, and we can be sued for anything, but I have also never had the need or the money to buy them. I am sure others will answer your post and tell you why I am wrong.
If you carry the basic equipment, and do a careful visual inspection, and write a good and easily understood report, you will do fine. Remember, the most important tools you have are your eyes, your knowledge, and your ability to communicate. (communication is by far my weakest point, just after my 43 IQ and 20/800 vision ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif) ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif) ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif) ).
Again, welcome to the NACHI world.